For magnificent alpine scenery and quaint traditional villages that make you feel like you just stepped out of a fairytale storybook, it’s hard to beat Switzerland. The soaring snow-capped peaks of the Alps, shimmering blue lakes, lucsious green valleys, ice-blue glaciers and picturesque lakeside hamlets imbue this landlocked nation with a fairytale beauty. Snuggled among the mountain valleys and lakes lie world-class international resorts with hiking, biking, climbing, paragliding, skiing, and tobogganing on their doorsteps.

Because Switzerland is a small country, its attractions are near each other and can be reached quite easily. There is also an efficient Swiss transport system – from trains to ferries to cable cars – that can easily take you to the bustling metropolitan swiss cities like Zurich, Montreux, Lausanne, Interlaken, Lucern, Bern, Geneva, as well as the mountain resorts such as St. Moritz, Davos, Gstaad, Villars and others.

Germany, France and Italy border Switzerland, and their languages and customs infuse this country with a multicultural sophistication. From the Italian architecture of palm-studded Ticino to the dialects of Swiss-German and Latin-derived Romansch, Switzerland can sometimes feel like several countries in one – yet all with the slick packaging and punctuality for which it is famous.

Mountain resorts, lakes, forests, castles, museums, and ancient and modern architecture make this federal Swiss republic an excellent destination. With its low crime rate, Switzerland is also one of the safest countries to visit in an atmosphere of pure alpine fresh air.